Les Landes, St Jean des Bois

Situated in the beautiful Basse-Normandie countryside, Les Landes is near the small town of Tinchebray, famous for the historic battle between Henry I of England and his older brother, Robert, the Duke of Normandy. The larger towns of Vire and Flers are about half an hour's drive with opportunities for more shopping and sports facilities.




Courses held throughout the year

Half day or full day (with lunch) workshops are available.

For those people staying for a course workshops are normally held in the mornings. After a buffet lunch, the afternoons are free for you to explore the beautiful Normandy countryside or to carry on working on your projects.

There is daily or half day fishing available nearby (carp and trout). Water colour painting lessons may also be arranged if required.

If you choose to carry on working in the afternoons, coffee / tea / cold drinks are available. Dinner is served in the evening at approximately 7.00 pm with aperitifs and wine or beer.

A maximum of 4 people per class/course for fibre crafts ensures individual tuition.

Weekend breaks are also available. For details please email us.


Beginner Spinner

There is an introduction to spinning on a wheel and/or drop spindle together with preparation of the fleece (washing, carding, etc). Also learning about the different fleece qualities of various breeds of sheep.

Intermediate Spinner

There is the opportunity to try other fibres such as alpaca, silk, linen or camel or to learn new skills such as different ways of plying. Dyeing or felting workshops can be tried during a residential course including needle felting.

For those staying for a course, workshops are informal and flexible. If a particular request is made either before or during your visit, we will do our best to accommodate it.

We have a variety of reference books which are available for guests to consult on spinning, spinning wheels, looms, techniques, etc.